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Correlation, causation and the Super Bowl

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Discussing the Decision Science News correlation, causation post during one of our daily and always entertaining Yahoo! Research lunches, someone said “this battle can’t be won because people just want to believe certain things are causal”. In line with that, Jason Zweig sends along this very funny piece about a spurious correlation, which, even though abandoned by its creators, refuses to die:


Another nice side effect of last week’s post was this XKCD sent along by Winter.

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    January 29, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

  2. DavidC says:

    I wonder if this kind of thing could become self-fulfilling?

    January 29, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  3. Christina says:

    hahaha! very interesting article and well said about the flight. It is true often luxuries never pay the happiness. A very good example is online shopping of garments.

    February 8, 2011 @ 12:25 am

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